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5.0 out of 5 stars Battle of the Narrow Seas
It is good to see Peter Scott's classic 1945 book still in circulation--and the preface by Lt-Cdr Hichens' son.
Scott was able to write such an excellent history in the face of security censorship and paper shortages because he had been himself a senior CF officer, because he had access to Admiralty records, and because he knew so many CF officers fresh from the war...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dated
Written immediately after the war it's a jolly tale of derring-do and interesting in its own way but it lacks that objectivity that comes from more modern historians who also have far more knowledge of secret stuff like the information gleaned from enigma (such as the damage done to Scharnhorst).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Battle of the Narrow Seas, 5 Feb 2011
This review is from: The Battle of the Narrow Seas: The History of the Light Coastal Forces in the Channel and North Sea 1939-1945 (Hardcover)
It is good to see Peter Scott's classic 1945 book still in circulation--and the preface by Lt-Cdr Hichens' son.
Scott was able to write such an excellent history in the face of security censorship and paper shortages because he had been himself a senior CF officer, because he had access to Admiralty records, and because he knew so many CF officers fresh from the war. To boot, he was prepared to give the German E-Boat men their due, and illustrated the book with brilliant pen sketches and the famous night-action paintings. Inevitably, without access to the German records (save their propaganda) he exaggerrated their losses, so reader must look for these elsewhere.
This sort of book is nevertheless invaluable and the naval history collector should have one.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Admirable volume on MGB, MTB, MLs in the Channel, 3 April 2010
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Henk Beentje "Henk Beentje" (Kew, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Battle of the Narrow Seas: The History of the Light Coastal Forces in the Channel and North Sea 1939-1945 (Hardcover)
This is a history of the actions of the Motor Torpedo Boats, Motor Gun Boats and Motor Launches, the small ships, in the Channel and North Sea between 1940 and 1945. The writer is *the* Peter Scott, later (1973) Sir Peter Scott, famous naturalist and conservationist, one of the founders of WWF (and designer of its panda logo, by the way), and founder of the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust. But in the war he was in the R.N.V.R., the 'wavy Navy', and he wrote a passionate history about his time on the 'little ships'; and on all the 'little ships' in this area of operations. There is plenty of detail, a lot of action, and a mixture of general history and his own experiences. I found it a very impressive book, and a very impressive war record, too. These were flimsy, fast craft, who took on German convoys and suffered heavy casualties at times. But they also posed a serious threat to German coastal convoys and their escorts and sank many of them.
Scott writes in his foreword that while it may seem, many years after the war, that it was all a glorious adventure; but... "that *nothing* will ever compensate us for the men we have lost, not even the way so many of them died. " This book, I think, is a fitting monument, and I read it with great interest (which it amply repaid) and with both admiration and gratefulness that the Coastal Forces fought like they did.
In addition to the gripping history, there are many black-and-white photos of the ships in action, as well as paintings and drawings by Scott.
An admirable volume.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative, 14 Oct 2013
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I bought this as a gift for a friend who was in the Navy and he mentioned that he would like to read it. He was extremely pleased with it. Arrived well packaged and quickly!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Coastal Forces, 29 Mar 2010
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K. Schneider (New Jersey) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Battle of the Narrow Seas: The History of the Light Coastal Forces in the Channel and North Sea 1939-1945 (Hardcover)
Cdr. Peter Scott book was published just after the end of WW2 it is and still is an excellent work of the dark days of world war 2.

Another book that should be read by naval leaders of today!!!!

If you want to learn about the world of the Coastal Force!!!

Cdr. Scott's drawings are an excellent addition.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I Read This Book, 5 May 2014
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I read this book and found it informative. It was hardly enjoyable, after all, the war ended sixty eight years ago.
The book details the courage of men fighting in difficult circumstances.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Battle of the Narrow Seas, 19 Jan 2013
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This is a very personal and engaging narrative account of experiences of the coastal forces service. It describes the operations of MTB squadrons and brings them to life.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dated, 2 Jan 2014
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Mr. M. A. Kelly "beano390" (Dorset UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Battle of the Narrow Seas: The History of the Light Coastal Forces in the Channel and North Sea 1939-1945 (Hardcover)
Written immediately after the war it's a jolly tale of derring-do and interesting in its own way but it lacks that objectivity that comes from more modern historians who also have far more knowledge of secret stuff like the information gleaned from enigma (such as the damage done to Scharnhorst).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very detailed and informative but a little repetitive, 13 July 2013
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This book sets the scene for the many clashes between British and German light coastal craft - MTBs, MGBs, E-Boats and many others. The author was amongst them so is well qualified to express the tension, excitement and sometimes tedium that went with the task of either protecting Allied convoys, or attacking German ones. There's a great depth of information on the boats and the main personnel involved - usually of no greater rank than Lieutenant. A good selection of photographs too. However, about halfway through I started to tire of the endless sequence of skirmishes, and the mildy gung-ho attitude of the author, whilst entirely understandable and indeed necessary in wartime, does get a little wearing after a while. We are always good shots; Jerry always misses. We are always daring; Jerry always messes up. Battle is recounted after battle, and I think it would be more readable and better structured if someone not quite so close was to rework it from a better perspective.
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